The other day I was sitting in the parking lot of a local grocery store waiting for my son to come back to the car. I watched what is depicted in the picture take place right before my eyes.
Yeah.. That guy is walking on the hand rail. In slippery dress shoes. Without a net. He made it from one end to the other without damaging anything. I, however, nearly passed out from holding my breath and felt the overwhelming urge to get out of my car and go give him the complete “Mom lecture” on what could have happened to him and his mother’s future grandchildren if he would have had one little mis-step. I still weep at the thought.
Ever just looked at something and thought, “What are you thinking”? If not, then you don’t have kids because I have files and files of stories rolling around in my hat stand—the vast majority involve my son and a few involve my daughter and nail polish and carpet- and dogs. Here are few examples:
How did this even get past marketing? Fried Chicken Head. Seems legit.
These beauties were eaten in their entirety at my son’s birthday party. Sure they had the standard pizza, chips, cake, ice cream, chocolate and other junk food but who can resist BBQ worms?
And finally, the best place to NOT be at the local Renaissance fair:
Seriously, you and I look at these things and just seem to KNOW that things aren’t going to end well. How can others jump in and move forward in situations like this and think anything other than heartache and turmoil will follow?
I’ll tell you how. Because somewhere there is someone who loves fried chicken enough to not even care what part of it is being thrown in the fryer. Somewhere there’s a kid who loves a good dare more than he loves his colon. And somewhere there’s a guy who loves Scottish games and kilt wearing more than he cares about the whiskey –ridden, axe throwing, soul picking up the sharpened blades behind him. What could go wrong?
Following me? It’s the inability to see the risks, the liability, and the negative consequence that keeps that young grocery clerk on the rails. You and I see it plain as day but just as sure as you see it in someone else, rest assured someone else sees it in you.
Matthew 7:3-5 “And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? 4 Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own? 5 Don’t be a hypocrite. First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother.”
So it’s so stinking easy to see the fault in others and in other situations until you have to look at yourself and ask the hard questions. But that self inventory is so very important. It keeps you from making the phone call when you are too angry. It keeps you from pursuing the relationship that is toxic. It keeps you from going somewhere you have no business going. It keeps you from elevating yourself to a pedestal you have no right climbing on. Those things are roadblocks and hindrances that keep you from exploring the grace in our Father. So something strange happens when we begin to address our own faults… we stop seeing so many faults in others, and start seeing them the way God does: As His Beloved; a priceless vessel to pour life into, despite the worn and imperfect appearance.
So take a good, look in the mirror… right in the eyes and into your own soul. Look past the tired circles and fine lines that tell stories of their own. Find that speck, stick, or board and deal with it. Deal with it and use your new eyesight to see others and their situations with a clean, new perspective. This new perspective is what keeps you aligned with the pace and grace of God.
It also keeps you from walking on handrails and eating Fried Face. Just sayin’.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.